Microsoft Surface Pro 3 : Review and Specifications

By | July 25, 2014

Microsoft has introduced the surface series tablet computers which is replacement for both tablet and laptop. Surface is the first kind of device from Microsoft to integrate its own Windows Operating System in its own hardware and it is also the first PC manufactured and distributed by Microsoft. Surface Pro 3 is the latest tablet computer device in the Microsoft surface series.

This latest 2-in-1 device features the larger and sharper 12-inch touch screen and a more lap friendly axis and the company believes that this can beat the 13 inch notebooks such as MacBook Air in the case of functionality and adaptability. This device is available for the starting price of $799 which doesn’t comes with the keyboard. Lets see here the detailed review and specifications of Surface Pro 3.


Microsoft has designed this latest Surface series tablet PC thinner and lighter than its predecessor Surface Pro 2 and even larger as the screen changed from 10.6 inches to 12 inches. Compared with its predecessors it got a premium look and feel. It features the magnesium alloy design with the slanting edges and the small circumference of the device to pipe out the hot air.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 can be tilted as far as back to 150 degrees where as its second generation devices can be adjusted only in two angles i.e., 24 and 40 degrees, so that it will be more comfortable to write on the screen using the stylus. The new axis design of this device allows you to angle the Pro 3 as you see but feels very robust. One notable change in Pro 3 is the Windows buttons has moved. In Pro 2 it is present along the bottom of the bezel whereas in Pro 3 it is one the shorter side indicating that the users will often hold this device in portrait mode.

Surface Pro 3 weighs around 1.76 pounds itself and 2.4 pounds along with the type cover attached and it is heavier than the iPad Air and Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12. It’s dimensions are 11.45 x 7.8 x 0.36 inches and comparatively smaller than Note Pro as well as Dell XPS 11.


Not only its display larger than its previous generations but also it features higher 2160 x 1440 pixels resolution as compared to Surface Pro 2’s 1920 x 1080 resolution. But when compared to is competitors it’s resolution is still low, iPad Air 2048 x 1536, Dell XPS 11 2560 x 1440, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 2560 x 1600 and all these have the higher pixel densities. But the brightness is higher than Dell XPS 11 and MacBook Air but lower than Note 12.2’s and iPad Air.

Type Cover

To turn this Surface Pro 3 into laptop, you need an external keyboard where type cover comes into the picture. But, unfortunately this charges additional $130. This keyboards are available in four colors Blue, Black, Red or Purple. Compared to the previous generation Type Cover Microsoft has made an few modifications to it. Most notable feature is the magnet which runs the length if th cover above the keyboard which attaches the lower Bezel of the device so that it creates the secure connection when it is resting on your lap.

The top row of the keyboard features Windows 8 specific keys including Settings ,Share and Search and two buttons allows to adjust the brightness and backlit the keyboard. There is also a button to mute the device and you need to reach up to the tablet to control the volume. Although some many improvements are made it remains less satisfying than typing on the most notebook keyboards. It’s keys have 1 mm of travel which is very less compared to traditional keyboards. Coming to the touchpad, it measures 3.5 x 1.7 inch which works well for its size and allows to perform two-finger scroll and Windows 8 gestures easily.


Stylus and Audio

Microsoft firmly believes that pen is greater than the finger and it goes further to make the stylus an essential part of Surface Pro 3. As mentioned earlier unless you purchase the Type Cover there is no place to keep the Stylus on the tablet and there is no way know which apps support the pen input. The stylus that comes with Surface Pro 3 is metal one which looks more premium than the plastic one which comes with Surface Pro 2 and the user feels more comfortable to hold.

Two speakers are present at the top left and right bezel of the Surface Pro 3 which gives loud audio which is above average for a regular tablet.


Pro 3 is the two-in-device as it can be used as both laptop and tablet, it sports both front and back cameras which have 5 MP cameras which are helpful to take the good photos but not great photos. The photos taken are not still as well as those you can get from the MacBook Air’s webcam. It is very bad that the Microsoft’s built-in camera remains poor and you can’t change the resolution of the sensor and also the area of the image which you want to focus on.


It is powered by 1.9 GHz Intel Core i5-4300 U processor along with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB/128 GB and 8 GB with 256 GB/512 GB Solid State Drive gives the high performance. When we have tested it with playing the games and watching the movies, “Minion Rush” loaded in just 7 seconds and high end games like “Asphalt 8″ and FIFA 2014” are able to zoom around smoothly. It comes with Intel HD Graphics GPU which can allows to play the graphic intense games.


It gives the decent battery life, in a battery test with the continuous browsing it lasted for 7 hours and 17 minutes. But it’s battery life is bit lesser than its counterparts.


  • Display                          : 12 inch, Clear type full HD display, 2160 x 1440 resolution, multi-touch input.
  • Processor                    : Intel i3 for 64 GB, Intel i5 for 128 GB/256 GB, Intel i7 for 256 GB/512 GB.
  • Operating System : Windows 8.1 Pro.
  • RAM                                : 4 GB /8 GB
  • Graphic Card            : Intel HD Graphics.
  • Hard Drive                 : 64/128/256/512 GB Solid State Hybrid hard drive.
  • Ports                               : One USB 3.0, Headphone jack, micro SD card reader, Cover Port, Charging Port, Mini display port.

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Author: Peter Jacksonn

Peter, the most experienced in The Tech Bulletin team is a professional blogger and interested in reviewing the gadgets, giving solutions for technical queries. He covers the consumer electronics section along with latest apps and games.+Peter